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Thirteen Green and Social Benefits of the Weatherization Project

City of Vancouver’s green scene gets better and better thanks to another great green pilot project to help Vancouver meet its 2020 Greenest City targets.

This time the green spotlight is on the employment program to weatherize or draft-proof neighbourhood homes of inner-city residents, which provides employment opportunities for low-threshold inner-city residents by facilitating community-based business support and training programs coupled with employment services through EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society) Green Renovations enterprise (www.embersgreenrenovations.com).

The City’s weatherization project was supported and funded by:

  • The City of Vancouver, and partners:
  • FortisBC (formerly Terasen Gas) – $15,000 contribution,
  • BC Hydro,
  • Vancity (a credit union) – $50,000 mission-based grant contribution,
  • non-profit EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society). City and Vancity are providing $150,000 to support the newly created social enterprise, EMBERS Green Renovations, during the first year of operations.

Here are the green and social benefits of the single-family home weatherization project:

  1. supporting green economy:  creating green jobs and producing “social enterprise growth”,
  2. providing training and job opportunities to citizens (4) that face barriers,
  3. providing green home renovations to inner-city residents,
  4. providing services free of charge to 50 homeowners,
  5. helping build sustainable communities,
  6. saving energy and helping the City to meet the 2020 Greenest City targets,
  7. promoting energy conservation and environmental responsibility,
  8. reducing electricity costs for customers,
  9. improving the environment,
  10. reducing air leakage by an average 15 to 20 per cent with the weatherization service,
  11. cost-effective way to improve building performance by preventing heat loss, reducing energy consumption and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,
  12. eliminate more than 775,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, saving a total of 15.5 million gigajoules, which is enough natural gas for close to 155,000 homes for one year,
  13. and thus making important contributions towards achieving British Columbia’s climate action goals.

The City of Vancouver wants to increase demand for weatherization services among Vancouver homeowners via regulatory improvements and financial incentives.

Weatherizing homes and creating green jobs: March 24, 2011, Mayor Gregor Robertson (center) with partners celebrating a program to weatherize neighbourhood homes which provides work to people who face barriers to employment. Photo Credit: City of Vancouver
Weatherizing homes and creating green jobs: March 24, 2011, Mayor Gregor Robertson (center) with partners celebrating a program to weatherize neighbourhood homes which provides work to people who face barriers to employment. Photo Credit: City of Vancouver